Teratomas in childhood: analysis of 142 cases.

  title={Teratomas in childhood: analysis of 142 cases.},
  author={Deborah F. Billmire and Jay L. Grosfeld},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  volume={21 6},
This report concerns 142 infants and children with teratomas treated from 1960 to 1984. The primary site of tumor was sacrococcygeal in 84, ovarian in 15, testicular in 15, mediastinal in 14, retroperitoneal in 7, cervical in 3, and other in 4. Malignancy occurred in 40 of 142 (28%) patients. Serum for alphafetoprotein (AFP) was obtained preoperatively in 29 patients. Elevated AFP was seen in all patients with malignancy, 3 of 6 with immature lesions and 1 of 19 with a benign lesion… CONTINUE READING